Ontario’s Joey Votto broke a Canadian record on Wednesday. TheEtobicoke native smashed Larry Walker’s record for most career walks by a Canadian.
The Cincinnati Reds first baseman got his 914th career free pass on June 28th when Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Paolo Espino walked him in the bottom of the third inning in the Reds’ 4-3 win in Cincinnati.
Votto surpassed Walker’s total in 643 fewer games (1345) than it took Walker (1,988 games).
The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame will be receiving an artifact from Votto’s tying and record-breaking at bat to display at the museum in St. Marys, Ont.
As of right now, aside from the walks record, Votto also owns the top career on-base percentage by a Canadian (.424) and his on-base plus slugging percentage sits at .964, which is just .001 behind Walker’s.